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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04974: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, calculated by Cancer Research UK, which show that 11 to 18-year-olds eat and drink three times the recommended amount of added sugar, with sugary drinks being the main source of this.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 6 December 2016

There are clear health benefits associated with reducing sugar consumption as part of a healthy diet. While we welcome the creation of a sugary drinks levy, it cannot in isolation address the levels of obesity in the country.

We support the work of Public Health England in setting sugar reduction targets across a range of food categories and are inputting to this through Food Standards Scotland.

We have announced our intention to set out and consult on the development of our new Diet and Obesity Strategy in 2017, building on our wide range of activity to make it easier for people – including children and their families – to be more active, eat less, and eat better.